The Beatitudes and Eternal Life

The Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12) form a prologue or introduction to Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in St. Matthew’s Gospel.  The corresponding blessings, but in this case with accompanying woes, play a similar role in the Sermon on the Plain found in St. Luke’s Gospel (Luke 6:20-26).  Often these blessings are extracted from the surrounding material in much the same way that the Ten Commandments are extracted from the other commandments of the Torah as a sort of summary.  Like the Ten Commandments, they are often memorized.  They are sung or recited at several points in the liturgical worship of the Orthodox Church, including within the funeral services.  The word ‘Beatitude’ is a transliteration of the Latin ‘beatitudo‘ which refers to … Continue reading The Beatitudes and Eternal Life